Public holidays 

Religious holidays in Saudi Arabia can vary from year to year because of the Islamic Lunar Calendar. Find the the key holidays to be aware of below.

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Saudi Arabia Public Holidays 2024

Ramadan

Around March 2024

Eid Al Fitr

Around April 2024

Eid Al Adha

Around May 2024

Saudi National Day

23 September

Saudi Founding Day

22 February

Ramadan

Around March 2024

During the Holy Month, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Most restaurants close during the day, but hotels may provide restricted dining options while some restaurants around the city offer takeaways. Grocery stores are also open, offering snacks and drinks. Most restaurants open for Iftar, the evening meal during which Muslims break their fast after Maghrib, or sunset prayer. The sighting of the new moon determines the start of Ramadan.

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Eid Al Fitr

Around April 2024

At the end of Ramadan, Muslims come together and enjoy meals and local activities with friends and family to celebrate Eid Al Fitr. Many businesses will close during Eid Al Fitr and restaurants may have shorter opening hours.

Eid Al Adha

Around May 2024

Held the day after the completion of the Hajj pilgrimage, Eid Al Adha falls on the tenth day in the final month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar. Some businesses close for part or all of the occasion, while restaurants may have different opening hours during Eid Al Adha. It is advised to check individual opening hours before visiting a restaurant or shop.

Saudi National Day

23 September

This special day celebrates the unification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is held annually on 23 September. All businesses close for this national holiday, however the day is celebrated with many special events and activities around the country

Saudi Founding Day

22 February

This holiday takes place on 22 February and commemorates the foundation of the Saudi state in 1727 by Imam Mohammed bin Saud. Expect several days of festivities such as parades and concerts.

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